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Overview

Overview

 

Bacteria transforming biomass into valuable energy carriers, vegetable and cereal crops showing healthy growth even under stressful conditions, the skin desert dwellers serving as a model for solar cell coating, and ecosystems being sustainably protected – these are moments where biology shows that it can not only just research relationships but also offer solutions for the future.

Aside from its significance as a fundamental science biology has become increasingly important as an applied, multidisciplinary discipline. This is evident in technical terms such as gene technology, biotechnology, biomedicine, and bionics.

Biology studies at RWTH aim beyond the classic, biological discipline and include modern, applied, and interdisciplinary aspects of bioresources, biomedicine, bioinformation systems, and biotechnology. These fields are focuses of research and teaching at RWTH Aachen.

Due to the University's technical orientation, it is also possible to for students to experience diverse and exciting interactions with engineering, medical, and natural science subjects.

After intensive training in the basic subject fields microbiology, zoology, botany, genetics, and ecology students can choose one of five specializations which reflect the focus of biological research in Aachen.

  • Microbiology and genetics lead to world of cells, microorganisms, and the genome.
  • Biological information processing or neurobiology deals with neuronal reactions from the molecular level to an organism's behavior, such as all sense perception phenomena. Information bionics is also a part of this discipline.
  • Cellular and molecular plant biology focus on the optimization of plant-based biomass and its transition into future energy carriers and on an increase to the resistance of plants against diseases.
  • The environmental sciences focus on entire ecosystems – their properties, sensitivity, stability, and regulatory mechanisms.
  • Biotechnology encompasses the use of biological processes – primarily in individual cells and microorganisms. This field includes green, red, and white biotechnology, gene technology, and bioprocess engineering.

Programme Structure

The high number of labs and the experimental Bachelor thesis teach students practical skills and scientific work methods. Excursions in the ecology specialization introduce field work methods.

Students are also encouraged and supported when acquiring further experience through internships or final projects at collaborating research institutions, such as the Fraunhofer institutes and Forschungszentrum Jülich, or in companies.

Curriculum

  Biological Modules Mathematical, Chemical, and Physical Modules
1 Cellular Biology, Structure of Organisms I: Animals (including practical) Mathematics, Inorganic Chemistry (including practical)
2 Genetics, Structure of Organisms II: Plants (including practical), Microbiology Organic Chemistry (including practical), Physics
3 Biochemistry (including practical), Basic Microbiological Practical, Biotechnology, Animal Physiology, Plant Physiology Physics (practical), Physical Chemistry
4 Plant Physiology (practical), Ecology (with determination exercises and excursions), Quantitative Biology and Computer Applications, Animal Physiology (practical) Physical Chemistry (practical)
5 Quantitative Biology and Computer Applications, Additional Qualification, such as business administration, computer science, engineering, language

Specialization:
One of five specialization modules

6 Additional Qualifification such as business administration, computer science, engineering, language, Project-oriented Methods Practical
Bachelor's Thesis, Final Colloquium

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

 

The transformation of biology into a modern, application-oriented, and interdisciplinary science generate diverse career fields for biologists. Scientific research should be mentioned above all.

However the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries and medicine also offer interesting professional options. Here biologists profit from their skills in molecular methods.

Many students pursue jobs in nature conservation, in landscape design, and in impact analysis and appraisals for ecologically relevant procedures. As nature conservation is an issue that is legally anchored, there are always solid entry-level opportunities.

Graduates from RWTH are application-oriented, meaning they are familiar with points of intersection with technology and possess diverse supplemental qualifications. They are not only well prepared for biological fields but also for employment in quality management, product development, marketing, and sales. Consulting firms also hire biologists – they require exact, consistent, and systematic thinking and work methods.

 


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